Product Review: Montecito Tenor Ukulele

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As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 5

I just received my Fender Montecito Tenor Ukulele and after opening the box and pulling it from its careful packaging. I was stunned at the beauty of this fine little instrument. It’s part of Fender’s California Coast Series of ukuleles which are named after beaches along the coast of California.

I wanted to start plucking away, but I first had to take a trip around the tiny little guitar noticing first the iconic Fender Telecaster headstock with four turners laid in a row that smacks of quality to the touch. The glossy finish over its Koa wood gives it a rich glow and to hold it in your hands and under your arm is to appreciate the structure and strength of its construction.

This Uke is adorned with abalone binding around the perimeter of the top and around the soundhole, as well as the back, and strikes a stunning contrast to the caramel color in the body’s finish. This is a Tenor Ukulele, so the sounds emanating from its sound hole are rich and full, and with 15 frets, higher notes can be reached to enhance the sounds you make. The solid top enables you to hear the notes clearly resonating with sustain.

Fender Specs for the Montecito Tenor Ukulele:

  • Tenor-sized ukulele.
  • Solid Koa top, back, and sides.
  • Abalone-bound top, bound back, and fingerboard; abalone rosette.
  • 4-in-line Tele headstock with vintage-style tuners.
  • No-tie bridge; bone nut and saddle.
  • Includes gig bag.


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